Entries by Marco Schwartz

Make a Cloud Data Logger With the Particle Photon

When building Internet of Things projects, for example with Arduino, one problem is to find the right cloud platform for your project. It can be difficult to configure, and then it can be even more complicated to write the code so your project connects to this particular platform. Particle (ex-Spark) solved this problem for us with […]

How to Choose Your ESP8266 Module

The ESP8266 is an amazing chip for all your home automation & Internet of Things projects. This chip costs less than $5, has WiFi connectivity, an onboard processor, and is compatible with the Arduino IDE. I already wrote a guide on how to get started with the ESP8266, but I wanted to dive deeper and answer a […]

Cloud Temperature Logger with the ESP8266

The ESP8266 is an amazingly cheap & small WiFi chip that can be used for several home automation applications. In this project, we are going to use it to automatically log temperature (and humidity) measurements in the cloud, and display these measurements inside an online dashboard. By following this tutorial, you will be able to […]

Getting Started With the ESP8266 Chip

The ESP866 is a tiny WiFi chip that has the huge advantage to come at a ridiculous price point: $5. And the best is that this chip also has a small processor onboard, so it can actually function in complete autonomy, without an additional Arduino board for example. Compare that to the cost of a traditional […]

OHAT 2: Connect Your Home Automation Projects to the Web with the WildFire Board

In this second episode of the show I interview Dirk & Victor from Wicked Device, and we have another look at the question asked in the first episode of the show: why people are using the Raspberry as the ‘Hub’ of their home automation systems. In this episode we will see that the alternative is actually to […]

OHAT 1: Why Do People Use the Raspberry Pi as the Hub of their Home Automation Systems?

Today’s question comes from Garry, who asks why people are using the Raspberry as the ‘Hub’ of their home automation systems. He sees that many people use their Pi as the hub with multiple Arduinos connected to it, but he asks why it is so common. Mentioned in the episode: Arduino Uno Raspberry Pi B+ […]